Our new weekly summary of the latest and greatest social media news and projects for the previous week in china.
The Virtual Phoenix Rises
AltspaceVR was proclaimed to be the future of social media. They were the first to create a virtual environment complete with avatars for people from all over the world to get together, tell stories and listen to others. They spawned several competitors, but remained one of the most popular in the VR community social space.
Or so it seemed.
Near the end of July, abrupt news hit the pixel paradise, sending digital shockwaves throughout the community: AltspaceVR would close in early August due to financial difficulties.
After some failed VC rescue attempts, they did in fact shut down with an epic farewell party on August 3.
But the rumours of their death were greatly exaggerated. Within the last week, AltspaceVR is back up and running and claiming to have injected new life into the platform. The future of social media restored!
Were they really in trouble? All a ploy? Or just clever marketing!
Read further here:
Telephone Booths Get an Old School Face-Lift.
Xuhui district in Shanghai is converting its old red phone booths into mini-libraries and cultural venues.
Rather than remove and destroy the redundant booths like other city districts, the Xuhui Cultural Bureau wanted to renovate them "to retain the flavor of the old Shanghai streets."
Two telephone booths will be combined into a library kiosk holding approximately 60 books for people to borrow.
"Telephones will be kept inside the booths for people to make emergency calls free of charge."
Read more about the clever ideas that are planned here: